9 / 10
McLaren MP4 12C Spider: Near effortlessly fast so you’re never quite sure if it’s you or the on-board computers doing the driving if you’re pushing the grip envelope, but it’s great to have a world class British car in the hallowed echelons of convertible supercars. New for the £195,500 Spider is an upgraded 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with 616bhp instead of 592bhp (McLaren)

Top Ten Cars of 2012

Here is writer Russell Bray's pick of the glitziest and most glamorous cars this year.

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